Saturday, April 29, 2017

Howard Rumsey - Music for Lighthousekeeping

Although a good enough bassist to play with Stan Kenton's big band, Howard Rumsey's main importance was as the organizer of the Lighthouse All-Stars and manager of the Lighthouse. Originally a drummer, Rumsey switched to bass while at college. He played with Vido Musso in the late '30s, and when Stan Kenton formed his first band in 1941, Rumsey became its bassist. A year later he started freelancing in the Los Angeles area. In 1949 Rumsey brought jazz into the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, CA. Within a few years the jam sessions featured some of the top jazz-oriented studio players in the area and the bassist was heading "the Lighthouse All-Stars," which recorded frequently for Contemporary in the 1950s, starring such players as Shorty Rogers, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper, Bud Shank, and Bill Perkins. In the 1960s, Rumsey quit playing to devote full-time to running the Lighthouse and, after he sold the establishment, for a time he ran the nearby club Concerts by the Sea.
Scott Yanow 

Source : 

Howard Rumsey
Lighthouse All-Stars
Music for Lighthousekeeping


1 Love Me or Levey (Holman)  5:40
2 Taxi War Dance (Basie, Young)  5:46
3 Octavia (Cooper)  5:12
4 Mambo Las Vegas (Holman)  5:23
5 Jubilation (Cooper)  3:37
6 I Deal (Clark)  4:34
7 Latin for Lovers (Holman)  6:57
8 Topsy (Battle, Durham)  6:47


Howard Rumsey - b
Bob Cooper - ts
Frank Rosolino - tb
Conte Candoli - tp
Sonny Clark - p
Stan Levey - dr 

Recorded in Contemporary's studio, Los Angeles ; the evening of October 2, 9 & 16, 1956


moxnix said...

would love to hear this, asking for a password? thanks

Philo said...

Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars - Music for Lighthousekeeping (1956)

Light & lovely. Lots of melody, lots of swing.

One of the nice things about all these "Lighthouse" recordings is the open, uncluttered feel of the arrangements.

Axel.T. said...

Dear Mel,
I would really like to listen to these great posts, but for some reason I can't get past the password to get to the download file. I'm sorry, I feel really foolish as I used 7z on one other and it worked fine. I just need some help here to figure what I'm doing wrong. I get the 7z file and it comes up corrupt using 7z to extract it. Maybe someone else has had this problem also.
Thanks for all your help in advance.

Kovina Kris said...

Yes Axel, I had the same problem after trying it several times. I think the 7Z file is corrupted as it takes the password but gives a message about a missing or corrupted archive.

Kovina Kris said...

...not a problem afterall, password must be typed in all lowercase as "melanchthon" instead of "Melanchthon" as I was mistakenly doing.

swamielmo said...

works fine for me. thank again mel

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you MM for keeping Lighthouse legacyalive, fantastic, important music.

PlantDoctor53 said...

Hi, Mel. Thank you.

Historicus said...

Thanks for reuploading!

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adakun said...

Genial, gracias Mel.

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel.

Tarara Bumdiay said...

Many thanks